When we received excellent feedback from guests staying at Henfield Barn recently we decided to take a trip to see exactly what they were talking about. Based on their advice a member of the team took off to the UNESCO city of Bath for the day. Read on to find out what she got up to during her 6 hours in Bath!
‘Bath was within easy driving distance which was worth a visit’
Getting to Bath was easy, I must admit that I was a little worried about parking but decided to make the decision to catch the Lansdown park and ride but which was about 20 minutes from Henfield Barn. Amazingly quick service we stopped opposite Jolly's just a short time later having seen some beautiful views over Bath on the way.
I was on a mission today, I didn’t want to do the usual shopping trip instead I wanted to get a different glimpse of Bath so I by-passed the chain shops and headed for the more independent stores that I wouldn’t find in any old High Street. First stop Brissi as it’s shop window took my breath away. Reasonable priced items and a layout reminiscent of a town house I really didn’t want to leave but on I went to seek out a recommended cheese shop Paxton and Whitfield. The ultimate destination for any discerning cheese lover the team in here are knowledgeable and helpful. With tomorrow’s lunch in hand I took the opportunity to walk uphill towards the Crescent. A selfie lovers delight the Crescent does not disappoint. I’ve been here before so it was a quick look before popping along the road to Bath Old Books. As a lover of first editions I spent rather a long time browsing the shelves before leaving with a little treat to myself! If you cant treat yourself once in a while then what can you do!
A short coffee stop later and I headed towards the river to look over the wall at Pultney Bridge. No rugby today so I couldn’t see the team, on a match day this area is buzzing with excitement. Well worth trying to see a match at some point, being so close to the town center the whole city center comes alive. I decided at this point to walk up to the Holbourne Museum to see what was on over the summer. Have a look at this link to see what is on during your visit.
Back down Great Pultney Street I made my way to Walcott Street and the long row of independent retailers. A road made for a leisurely stroll at the weekend you will even find a selection of antique markets popping up thoughout the week. Stopping in some of the shops it was nice to see a thriving community worlds away from the usual high street brands. People enjoying the slower pace and the ability to browse at leisure was a pleasure to see.
But my time was nearing an end, meeting up with a friend we made our way back to the bottom of Walcot Street to Yammo! a practically perfect Pizza restaurant. Having eaten here before I knew to expect the fabulous care and attention that we received despite it being busy. Full and happy we made our way back to the bus stop to make our way back home. So, I may not have visited the Abbey or the Roman Baths, I may not have done the usual tourist trail but I saw the hidden and much nicer side to what Bath has to offer. I will come again and do the tourist trail but not for a while because I love this quiet, regency style visit.
Do let us know of your Bath secrets and share your hidden treasures with us. We would love to hear about them.
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